Spending bill helps fund licensing for Mississippi River projects

A federal appropriations bill signed by President Obama includes $475,750 to advance three hydroelectric projects totaling 50 MW proposed by the city of Quincy, Ill., for locks and dams on the Mississippi River.

Rep. Phil Hare, D-Ill., said he secured the funds for the city to advance the projects at Corps of Engineers dams: 20-MW Mississippi Lock &Dam No. 20 (No. 12723), 15-MW Mississippi Lock &Dam No. 21 (No. 12724), and Mississippi Lock &Dam No. 22 (No. 12725).

The funding is to help Quincy obtain licenses needed to build and operate the three projects, the congressman said. The city previously submitted notices of its intent to file license applications with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The money was included in the $410 billion omnibus appropriations bill for the current fiscal year, signed by the president March 11. (HNN 3/11/09)

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